Help me do something nice for my coworker, whose beloved pet is dying
June 17, 2014 3:34 PM Subscribe
One of my favorite colleagues has a cat, and it is dying. She is just waiting on tests to come back from the vet so they can decide if palliative care is an option or not. I'd like to do something nice to let her know that I'm thinking of her, but need ideas that won't memorialize me as "That girl who did that crazy thing in a misguided attempt to nice." Also looking for a sanity check - if this is a bad idea, please say so (and why).
posted by schroedingersgirl to Work & Money (29 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've been here for a year, she's been here much longer. I'm 23 and she's 15ish years older than me. Not my boss, but senior to me and I help her out voluntarily whenever I have time, mostly because I really like her and her boss. She's sort of a mentor to me - great about answering questions about the organization (esp. when I was new), teaching me new skills and giving me new projects (even when it would probably be faster for her to do it herself), gives good career advice, is great when you need an ear for a few minutes, etc. We talk about non-work stuff somewhat often (maybe 2-3 times/week), but aren't extremely close. Because of the difference in our ages and seniority levels, we don't get together outside of work but I do consider her a "work friend."
She mentioned the cat issue to me last week when this was all just unfolding and seemed really upset but obviously holding it together at work. On Friday she sent me a couple of emails to let me know that the vet visit wasn't going well. Yesterday she said she was waiting on labs but it didn't look great. And today I asked if she'd heard anything, and she said he was dying.
So, here we are. I want to do something to let her know I'm thinking of her, but given our age and seniority differences, don't want to come off as too weird. Any ideas?